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May 23, 2013

Local relief drive for Oklahoma storm victims underway

Somerset —

If you’ve been watching coverage of the Oklahoma tornado devastation and wondering how you could make a difference, you’ll have your chance in the coming days.
The Operation Oklahoma Relief Project — an endeavor by Clear Channel-Lake Cumberland — is currently in progress. Wynona Padgett, who is helping spearhead the project for the radio station, said that those interested in contributing to the cause will have numerous opportunities to do so this weekend and into next week.
That includes dropping off needed items at any of the radio’s live remote broadcasts this Memorial Day weekend — as there will be several in conjunction with Somernites Cruise events today and Saturday — and at Eagle Heights Church, located on Jessie Lane off the East Ky. 914 bypass starting Tuesday of the coming week.
Today only, those interested can also drop off requested items at the Clear Channel-Lake Cumberland station at 101 First Radio Lane in Somerset.
Items that are needed to help volunteers in the Oklahoma City area during their recovery efforts following this week’s tornado destruction include:
• heavy-duty trash bags
• shovels and rakes
• items for babies (diapers, formula, clothes, bottles, baby food, etc.)
• feminine products  
• tarps
• hand sanitizers
• cleaning supplies
• snack foods
Padgett noted that quick, easy-to-eat snacks like granola bar or Little Debbie products are desired because they’ll be available for workers in Oklahoma. “Volunteers can grab them,” she said. “Most are not taking the time to take full lunch breaks.”
Cleaning supplies may include bleach, paper towels, brooms, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers and more.
“A pastor I spoke to said that even the houses that were not destroyed still have a lot of dirt inside,” said Padgett.
She noted that this is a locally-organized project, not company-wide for Clear Channel.
“It’s just something we’re doing,” she said. However, she added, “We’re encouraging everyone to donate to the Red Cross, even if you don’t donate items to us. That money goes directly to help victims.”

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